Originally Posted by cvaldes1831
Tallest Skil is correct.
Go ahead and download a sample chapter from a typical textbook. It will likely be well over 100MB. One chapter.
The typical textbook will probably range around 1.5GB. Since iOS takes up about that much space, an 8GB iPad would conceivably have room for maybe four textbooks.
But also keep in mind that a tablet won't have to supplement all textbooks for all classes right away... or ever. TS is right in that 8GB is anemic but for starting out it might be fine. in a year 16GB can kick in or perhaps an 8GB iPad is designed for consumers. I would bet against an 8GB iPad but I can't rule it out.
Despite the January launch there are still only 9 full textbooks on the store with 5 being at or below 1.5GB, and 3 being under 1GB. Pearson's 3 books, even for the same subject as McGraw-Hill, are about double size ranging from 2.3 to 2.8GB.
edit: I ran the numbers yesterday: http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...24#post2059224